What is United Status Worth?

If you’re a new frequent flyer, you might be exploring the possibility of trying to earn United Airlines status. Or maybe you’re a multiyear MileagePlus Premier 1K flyer on a first-name basis with the gate agents at several airports, and you’re wondering if status is worth it.

Do the benefits of United status outweigh occasionally taking a less convenient or more expensive flight? How do the benefits compare to other airlines?

Let’s explore the value of status with United.

United Silver: $1,129.70, earns 7x miles

The entry-level of United Premier Status is Premier Silver, which you earn upon completing eight Premier Qualifying Flights and earning 3,000 Premier Qualifying Points or by earning 3,500 PQP only. This status offers complimentary upgrades, complimentary access to Economy Plus seating at check-in for you and one companion and a free checked bag.

United SIlver offers benefits that are in line with other airlines’ entry-level statuses, which typically include upgrades,…

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This article was written by Aaron Hurd and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com